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Best Coffee Table Books For The Man Of Style

A fine addition to any humble abode.

Coffee table books are in a category of their own because they serve a number of uses. Not only are they first and foremost a book containing words and pictures relating to subjects you’re interested in, but they add personality to your home and are just as much a certified decorative piece as say, some houseplants or a mirror. You could also, if you feel so inclined, use one as a doorstop.

If you’re the type to impress, it can even be something that says you’re a suave, sophisticated man who is just as capable of bringing some elegance into the home as he is dressing himself.

When it comes to accessorising your home with a few coffee table books,  it’s not as simple as buying the first large hardback book you lay your eyes on. You’ll still want to put some thought into it. But to help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite coffee table books available right now that guaranteed to bring pleasure to you and any ‘special guests’ who drop by for a cup of coffee.

Art & Photography

Coffee Table Book Arts

There’s nothing wrong with a little nudity in one’s abode. Maybe even some tasteful artistic photography to spice things up. This selection of timeless coffee table books feature the likes of Helmut Newton and the mighty Pirelli calendar.

Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton SUMO. Revised by June Newton $150
Naomi Campbell Book
Naomi Campbell ‘The Art of Beauty’ Limited Edition of 1,000 $3,000
Pirelli the Calendar
Pirelli – The Calendar. 50 Years And More $85
1000 Nudes
1000 Nudes A History of Erotic Photography from 1839-1939 $30


Coffee Table Book Fashion

You don’t have to be a farshun expert to appreciate fashion. These books cover menswear, designers and even style icons like NBA superstar Russell Westbrook. They’ll make the perfect accompaniment for your cool coffee table.

Sneaker Freaker the Ultimate Sneaker Book
Sneaker Freaker The Ultimate Sneaker Book $50
Tom Ford Book
Tom Ford $100
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
Dressing the Man Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion $58
The Sartorialist Volume 1
The Sartorialist Volume 1 $30
Russell Westbrook Deluxe Edition
Russell Westbrook Deluxe Edition: Style Drivers $315


Coffee Table Book Film

Are you secretly a 00 agent but you’re too busy on the daily grind? Then these movie and film inspired coffee table books will help you live out your dream at home. With classics like Rocky and Star Wars, you’ll definitely get guests stopping to flick through a few pages.

Rocky the Complete Films Book
Rocky The Complete Films $1,000
Steve Schapiro Taxi Driver Trade
Steve Schapiro Taxi Driver $1,500
The Star Wars Archives
The Star Wars Archives $245


Coffee Table Book Food

Meat and men make the world go round. Pasta and pinot does too. Inspire your next home cooked meal with this selection of man-food approved books that will make your coffee table or kitchen look super professional.

Meat the Ultimate Companion
The Ultimate Companion To Meat $60
The Whole Beast Nose to Tail Eating
The Whole Beast Nose to Tail Eating $19
Michael Symons Carnivore
Michael Symon’s Carnivore 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers $28.99
Bocca Cookbook
Bocca Cookbook $596.95
Chin Chin Feed Me Cookbook
Chin Chin Feed Me Cookbook $50
The Geometry of Pasta
The Geometry of Pasta $29.99

Architecture & Design

Coffee Table Book Architecture

Pretend you’re a superstar interior designer or architect with this selection of interesting books on home design and cool spaces. Our personal favourite is the book on Soviet architecture. What a great way to bring Putin into a dinner conversation.

Cabins Hardcover
Cabins Was:$70 Now $60.59
Frederic Chaubin Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed XL
Frederic Chaubin Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed XL Was:$60 Now $52.82
Marc Newson: Works English, French and German Edition
Marc Newson Works $860.67
Rooftops Islands in the Sky
Rooftops Islands in the Sky Was:$70 Now $32.99
1000 Chairs Revised and Updated Edition
1000 Chairs Revised and Updated Edition Was:$20 Now $17.66


Coffee Table Book Watches

A topic which needs no introduction but is every man’s secret passion. Whether you give it as a gift or keep them for yourself, every man loves a nice watch. Regardless if you’re a Rolex guy or an Omega dude, there’s going to something to be learnt in these timeless watch books.

The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches
The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches An Unauthorized History (Schiffer Book for Collectors) $123.52
The Watch Book
The Watch Book Was:$85 Now $60.75
The Wristwatch Handbook
The Wristwatch Handbook A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches Was:$85 Now $57.80
The Watch: A Twentieth Century Style History
The Watch A Twentieth Century Style History $60
From Seamaster to Seamaster: The First 70 Years
From Seamaster to Seamaster The First 70 Years Was:$150 Now $105.22


Coffee Table Book Cars

Lastly get on the vintage car bandwagon with one of these classic motoring books. If you’re a Porsche guy we have the history of the 911 and if you’re a BMW bloke the BMW Book will surely be a must on your X-mas shopping list.

Porsche 911 Book: 50th Anniversary Edition
Porsche 911 Book 50th Anniversary Edition $2,075.12
Mercedes Benz 300 SL Book
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Book Collector’s Edition $3,000
The Ferrari Book: Passion for Design
The Ferrari Book Passion for Design Was:$150 Now $99.06
The BMW Book
The BMW Book $725.79
Luxury Toys Classic Cars
Luxury Toys Classic Cars $467.58
Big Book of Land Rover
Big Book of Land Rover $1,392.80

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Best Coffee Table Books FAQ

What size is a coffee table book?

A regular coffee table book with a hardcover binding measures 8.5 × 11 inches. Of course, the sizes may vary. It can be as large as 14 × 18 inches, or as small as 7 x 7 inches.

How to organize coffee table books?

Stack your coffee books with the biggest book on the bottom and smallest on the top. You may also group books with similar topics to create a sense of unity. Two to three books on a coffee table are enough.

What makes a good coffee table book?

When choosing a good coffee table book, do not just consider the jacket. Pick one on a subject that resonates with you and that you are genuinely interested to read.


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